Lobsters join larvae on EU approved food list

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Lobsters were added to the European Union’s list of approved foods on Friday as part of the bloc’s push for more sustainable agriculture and diets.

It was the second time Brussels said an insect is safe for human consumption, after the dried larva of the yellow grub of the tenebrio molitor beetle was authorized in June. Crickets could soon be added to the list.

The European Commission, which authorized migratory lobsters as human food, said the insects would be marketed as a snack or food ingredient, either in dried or frozen form, without wings and legs, or as powder.

The European Food Safety Authority said that adults of the insect species “locusta migratoria” were high in protein without safety concerns, although they could trigger reactions in people allergic to crustaceans, mites and mollusks.

The review follows a request from Holland-based Fair Insects BV, farmers of mealworms, crickets and lobsters owned by the Dutch firm Protix. The insect-based products of the latter are mainly used as food for pets and chickens.

The Food and Agriculture Organization has identified insects as a highly nutritious and healthy food source that is high in fat, protein, vitamins, fiber, and minerals.

He said that insects, consumed daily by millions of people on the planet, were identified under the new EU agricultural strategy as an alternative source of protein that could facilitate the shift towards more sustainable food.

(Report by Philip Blenkinsop. Edited in Spanish by Javier Leira)


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